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When used in this chapter, the following terms and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:
ALARM SYSTEM: Any assembly of equipment, mechanical or electrical, arranged to signal the occurrence of a fire, robbery, illegal entry or other activity requiring urgent attention and to which the emergency services of the police, fire and/or ambulance departments are expected to respond.
ALARM USER: The person, other than a unit of local, state or federal government, in control of any building, structure or facility wherein an alarm system is maintained.
AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE: A device which is interconnected to a telephone line and is programmed to select a predetermined telephone number and transmit by voice message or code signal an emergency message indicating a need for emergency response.
FALSE ALARM: An alarm signal eliciting a response by emergency services when a situation requiring a response by them does not in fact exist, but does not include an alarm signal caused by violent conditions of nature or other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm user, including power outages and telephone service outages.
LOCAL ALARM: An alarm system which, when activated, causes an audible and/or visual signaling device to be activated only on the premises within which the system is installed and which is intended to be heard or seen by others outside of the protected premises. (Ord. 1117, 7-15-1997)